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Old 11-10-2014, 05:39 AM
 
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The food is enough quantity for the average person. If they catered enough for "big" appetites, they would throw a lot of it away. Higher priced tickets and more garbage makes no sense. You always have the option of bringing food on board.

Sure. That makes sense. And anyway I'm not that picky. I can manage (barely-lol-) on airlines catering.
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:44 AM
 
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What I did not understand was flying from MSP to ORD, a 48 minute flight, they offered beverage and food service for a price. People actually bought things! Seriously, you can't not eat or drink something for 48 minutes?
Most people's journey does not consist of only one flight. They might be headed for a tight connection or a meeting, or be off another two hour flight.
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:02 AM
 
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Most people's journey does not consist of only one flight. They might be headed for a tight connection or a meeting, or be off another two hour flight.
Agreed. For me a 45 minute flight would get me to Tallahassee. It takes two hours to get to the airport, park, get through security, get to the gate, and be there 20 minutes before they shut the doors.

Once I land I have to get a rental, that can be another 30 minutes.

Repeat the entire process on the return.

Total time is 6.5 hours to get someplace I can drive in five.
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I can't stand it when someone brings McDonalds or similar fast food on the plane. Even if you are sitting 10 rows away, the stink of grease is unreal. In an open area, I don't mind the smell so much (but it isn't great), but in the confines of the cabin with recirculated air...

I once sat next to a guy who brought a huge bag of Doritos and sat there munching the whole filght. The smell of Dorito breath and the three or four Jack and cokes he drank made me ill (not to mention the crunch, crunch, crunch for two and a half hours).

If you must bring food, bring something like a cold sandwich, salad, fruit.
I think salad would be a little hard to eat, but I have seen people bring them on the planes. As for things that bother you, that is a tough one: I see your point but I do think being bothered by someone eating Doritos is a little too sensitive unless the noise was driving you nuts?
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I don't understand those complaints on food in airplanes. Maybe it's crap if someone flies "Congo air" but on the big companies I fly usually-I fly long range so meals are a necessity- (AA, Qatar,AF/KLM, Iberia...), food is absolutely OK quality wise (and I'm not someone into fast food), the only problem for me being the quantity (I'm a "big" eater and travelling-and flying-tends to open up my appetite); and I'm not speaking of business class, I fly "cattle class"!
You have to realize, most of us posting here do not fly long flights. Most flights today are connecting and are less than 3 hours. You are talking international, that certainly is a different story. We are generalizing, you are specializing.
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:51 AM
 
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I think salad would be a little hard to eat, but I have seen people bring them on the planes. As for things that bother you, that is a tough one: I see your point but I do think being bothered by someone eating Doritos is a little too sensitive unless the noise was driving you nuts?
Why would you say salad would be hard to eat? I bring it quite often and have never had a problem eating it.
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Wine or beer or booze would have been $7.50 on it's own. I'm betting they got two snacks, the OP didn't see the second one.

PS--US, SW, AA, and UA are all still giving some sort of small snack in economy. I don't know about DL.
actually on AA just a month or so ago the drinks and wine were $7, but yes, you are right. When I said a drink as well I realized it would have been more. I was simply pointing out; no, $7 was not the cost a bag of chips.
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:52 AM
 
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The food is enough quantity for the average person. If they catered enough for "big" appetites, they would throw a lot of it away. Higher priced tickets and more garbage makes no sense. You always have the option of bringing food on board.

Sure. That makes sense. And anyway I'm not that picky. I can manage (barely-lol-) on airlines catering.
By the way, fly BA in first class and you'll be begging them to stop bringing food--particularly if you dine in the CCR pre-flight.
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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In an open area, I don't mind the smell so much (but it isn't great), but in the confines of the cabin with recirculated air...
The air is not recirculated, at least not fully. Air is brought in from compressors near the engines, pumped through filters into the cabin, pushed forward and brought down into the cargo hold through the cockpit, 1/2 of the air is vented out, the remaining 1/2 is mixed with fresh air back in the cabin.

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It's hardly the passengers fault that airlines are now so stingy they won't provide any food even on long haul flights, and some airlines won't offer drinks either. Thus, we have to find economical alternatives to being further gouged by these greedy companies. I personally can't stand whiny, nitpicky passengers I have to fly with. We're all in the same bucket o' misery, and my philosophy is to grin and bear the annoyances that come with it in exchange for the convenience and safety that flying offers me and the other passengers. You must be loads of fun at parties
Airlines want to earn a profit, of course, but it is not them being stingy. Stocking an airplane with food costs the airline money, requires space on the plane to store and heat (if needed), and in general goes to waste if customers do not eat it. Most passengers bring food onto the planes anyways, and the airlines are aware of this. It is an added cost to both the airlines and the passengers that most seem happy not to pay. Continental claims to have saved $2.5M a year when they stopped serving free pretzels.

I have been flying Southwest exclusively for the last four years, absolutely no frills in terms of food.

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People want food, larger seats with more leg room, and pillows, but shop around to find the lowest fares and have a hissy fit when they have to pay more than it would cost to take Greyhound. I really hope airlines raise fares by 20%. It would get the whiners who pay $239 for a cross country flight and then expect first class service and amenities back to the bus they never should have come off of.
The whole point of air travel is to get the passenger from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible, not to entertain
the passenger. It seems like the least an airline could is give you a free sandwich considering the costs of air travel but as I wrote above most bring their own food and those sandwiches would just go to waste, waste the airlines money, and in turn push the prices of airfare even higher.
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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I don't understand those complaints on food in airplanes. Maybe it's crap if someone flies "Congo air" but on the big companies I fly usually-I fly long range so meals are a necessity- (AA, Qatar,AF/KLM, Iberia...), food is absolutely OK quality wise (and I'm not someone into fast food), the only problem for me being the quantity (I'm a "big" eater and travelling-and flying-tends to open up my appetite); and I'm not speaking of business class, I fly "cattle class"!
The few times I have flown International I found the food to be quite good. I also appreciated the options for no/low sodium, vegetarian/vegan, gluten-free, Kosher, and so on. Not that I ordered any of those, just thought it was a nice to have been offered.

KLM has had the best food, in my opinion, so far.
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